Posted on September 3, 2013
by Marianka Swain
After weeks of speculation and tortuous One Show padding, the full line-up of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 has finally been unveiled. This year’s crop of contestants includes glamour pusses Sophie “Murder on the Dancefloor” Ellis-Bextor, WAG/model Abbey Clancy, Countdown’s Rachel Riley and BBC Breakfast’s Susanne Reid, who won the newsreaders’ Children in Need Strictly competition with Robin Windsor.
Filling the soap-opera quota are Patrick Robinson (Casualty), Ashley Taylor Dawson (Hollyoaks), Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street) and Mark Benton (Waterloo Road). Mark’s had recent dance experience touring with Hairspray, and Patrick’s been tipped for success by judge Darcey Bussell.
Golfer Tony Jacklin and rugby hunk Ben Cohen are representing the sportsmen, while this year’s wild cards are Deborah Meaden of Dragons’ Den, reality-show veteran Vanessa Feltz, former Bond Girl Fiona Fullerton, Hairy Biker Dave Myers and designer Julien Macdonald, who will hoping It Takes Two experience translates into sequinned success.
The new series shimmies onto our screens on September 7, and Strictly Speaking will be back to analyse the new celebs, new pros, new studio, new fashion and new online voting system. In the meantime…keep dancing!
Strictly Come Dancing 2013 contestants (Full gallery below the story)
Ashley Taylor Dawson
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